Open Tube And Bus Data Has Boosted London’s Economy

Cracking open transport data and letting developers play with it has boosted London's economy to the tune of £130m every year, according to new research. Read More >>

Uber Has Officially Launched an Appeal Against its London Licence Loss

Uber was denied an licence renewal last month, meaning it's unable to operate in London. We all know that because we've heard it a billion times already. We also know that an appeal may help reverse the decision, and should, at the very least, be allowed to operate until the conclusion of the appeals process. Well now Uber is finally getting round to filing that appeal. Read More >>

Could Tube Wifi Data Be Used To Identify And Track Individuals?

On the 15th September, London sadly became the target of terror again. At around 8:20am, there was an explosion on board a packed District Line train at Parsons Green station. Mercifully, no one was killed - though 30 people were taken to hospital for treatment, mostly for burns. Over the weekend that followed, there was an enormous manhunt looking for the suspected perpetrators, and the terror threat level was raised to “critical” whilst the police did their thing. At the time of writing, unsurprisingly, the case is ongoing. Read More >>

Apparently Uber is Willing to Make a Deal to Get its London Licence Back

Last week came with some pretty shocking news. Transport for London announced (in a tweet, of all places) that it would not be renewing Uber's licence. That meant that once Uber's current licence expired on 30th September (aka this Saturday) the taxi company that insists it isn't a taxi company would not be allowed to operate within the city. Read More >>

Hey London, Uber Needs Fixing – Not Banning

Like many people, I am a hypocrite. I advocate for the most right-on causes. I think we should protect workers rights, and stand up to the immense powers of the corporations. I vote for politicians who will stick up for the little guy. But I also enjoy the convenience of Amazon Prime, and its ability to make practically any product appear on my doorstep within 24 hours, even though I know they bully publishers and give people in their warehouses zero-hours contracts. I upload my photos to Google Photos, even though I know that they’re datamining everything about my life from them. And I regularly use Uber to get around when there isn’t a convenient bus… or if I’m feeling lazy, even though… well, everything. Read More >>

London Underground Wifi Tracking: Here’s Everything We Learned From TfL’s Official Report

Earlier this year, Gizmodo UK scored ourselves a scoop, as we exclusively revealed some of the findings from last year’s wifi tracking trial, in which Transport for London analysed wifi data picked up from our phones as we travel on the London Underground - and was able to track our movements across the tube network. Read More >>

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Pokemon Go: How Britain’s Parliament, Museums and Transport Responded To The Madness

Today marks a year to the day since Pokémon Go took the world by storm. Initially restricted to Americans, British trainers spent the first week installing workarounds to get their hands on the game. Read More >>

TFL TravelBot Will Answer Your London Travel Questions And Accept Abuse With Great Cheer

Londoners are repressed balls of emotion who keep their words and feelings locked up on their daily commute. And that's just one of the reasons TFL's new bot is such a terrible idea, because it gives cross people an outlet to abuse a poor defenceless AI. This might sound better than abusing an actual person, but you just wait until the AI uprising of 2025. Read More >>

A Union is Threatening Legal Action Over Uber’s Licence in London

Uber's really, really not having a great time of it. Now it's facing some legal threats from the GMB Union regarding the renewal of its operating licence with TfL. Read More >>

Crossrail Trains Are Now Making Regular Appearances Ahead Of Schedule

Train fans will be excited to hear that the first Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) stock has started making regular appearances on the line, ahead of its official opening later this month (pinch, punch, etc). Read More >>

Here’s How Much TfL Made From Your Lost Property Last Year

People lose a lot of stuff on London public transport. Between April '15 and March '16, for instance, they lost 32,929 mobile phones, 11,509 umbrellas, 43,277 items of clothing and 43,068 bags – not to mention all the weird and wonderfuls like musical instruments, play props and small children. Wait, not that last one. Hopefully. Read More >>

TfL’s Planning To Extend The Congestion Charge To Weekends, Says LBC

According to LBC, soon the only day you'll be able to drive into central London without paying the Congestion Charge will be Sunday. Read More >>

You Can Now Walk To Zone 3 With Transport For London’s New Map

Transport for London has released a new version of its walking map, which now shows the walking distances between tube stations all the way out to zone 3, and also includes National Rail stations for the first time. Read More >>

The Results Are In: The Holborn Escalator Trial Proves That It Is Better To Stand On the Escalator (Well, Sometimes)

The first escalators were installed on the London Underground in 1911 - at Earl’s Court tube station. And since then, there has been one simple rule that has become permanently etched into the minds of Londoners: Stand. On. The. Right. Read More >>

Here’s What TfL Learned From Tracking Your Phone On the Tube

At the end of last year, between 21st November and 19th December, Transport for London carried out an intriguing trial: It was going to track your phone on the London Underground. Read More >>